One and Done Sunday #19

Hey, Happy Fathers Day!

Welcome to One and Done Sunday. One picture, and five links that are worth your time.

First, your picture, from the what-the-hell-happened-to-me category:

How many things can you find wrong here?

1) mini van

2) with paving stones

3) and flowers; flowers that are still alive in spite of me owning them for an entire hour already.

The only two things in this picture I ever could have predicted are the zombie stickers in the window and the packing blanket underneath everything.

You know, minivans get a bad rap. Lots of people are all like, “Oh, I’ll never own a minivan. NEVER!” Whatever. I get it, stigma schmigma, your life is over when you get a minivan, you get stupider when you buy one, they’re so unsexy for God’s sake.

You know what else they are? They’re really goddamn convenient. We whipped that puppy from an 8-passengers-can-sit-comfortably-and-smack-each-other-while-listening-to-their-iPods vehicle to one ready to receive stone, cement and dirt in like 45 seconds. Bam, bam, bam.

But I don’t have a whole lot of my identity wrapped up in the car I drive every day like it seems most of America does.

Because no matter who curses my minivan for either going the speed limit in my neighborhood or cutting them off on the Turnpike, or what names they think as they judge me with a van full of kids making the school rounds, or if people automatically (and hilariously, knowing both my kids’ soccer skills and my own cupcake making track record) categorize me as a cupcake-making-soccer-mom, there are two things they can’t change:

– I dig the minivan

-I also have a ’66 Mustang convertible.

Here are your links.

A hilarious article from down under about mums: Mother Bashing- It’s All the Rage! (thanks Team Oyenyi for the link!)

You can’t hate a baby elephant playing in the ocean. I dare you to look at these pictures and try not to smile. Karyn at Kloppenmum Because Play is the Work of Childhood.

One very specific use for a dead cat.

I don’t drink, so this guy could actually be full of crap, but he has been great to me and writes this wine blog and he sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. Since there are a lot of moms here, and since a lot of moms drink wine, you should check out JVB Uncorked. If you’re a mom who prefers to drink bourbon, you should crack open another bottle of Baker’s and click his link.

Elizabeth Reep is a kickass stepmom who created Camp C.O.P.E. for children of deployed, injured, or fallen US service members. I started reading this article in my doctor’s office and had to stop and get tissues because I was openly weeping, and I had to finish reading it at home. I wish I was half the stepmom she is.

Oh, and one extra, because this is really frickin’ cool. 32,000-Year-Old Plant Reborn From Ancient Fruit Found In Siberian Ice.

Happy Sunday, and do something awesome for your dad today.

One and Done #8

Welcome to One and Done Sunday. One picture and five links that are worth your time.

What a week. I’m whooped. Highlights included:

  • The few blissful days when our street was quiet because of the huge tree that fell out of our yard and completely blocked it.
  • The zombie ninja makeup I did for #5, which I totally pulled out of my ass – wait, that didn’t sound right. We were going to do a practice run of the makeup but then the power was out and Halloween got cancelled and I thought I was off the hook. But Thursday night we got an email from the elementary school saying all Halloween festivities were on for, you guessed it, Friday! I had exactly ten minutes to do his makeup cold on his lunch break and didn’t get a good picture of it but it includes a throwing star embedded in his forehead. He was pleased.
  • Taking the kids to the mall and just hanging out Tuesday night. You know, because the mall had power, and we didn’t. We bought snow boots and ate pretzels and some of the children got some things pierced, though I did stop short of taking them to get tattooed. #1 did that on her own a couple weeks ago. Um, yes, we have a tattoo shop at our mall. It is New Jersey, after all.
  • Being able to do laundry again once the power came back on. My god, you have no idea how much laundry there is for a family of seven until you can’t run the machine constantly. CC and I even had more than one conversation about sending #1 and #2 to go and find an open laundromat and do all the laundry. I talked him out of it both times (girls, you can thank me at Christmas).
  • The fact that the unwanted candy bowl is loaded with peanut M&M’s because all the kids hate them.
  • Oh right! And an extra hour of sleep tonight!

Here’s your picture:

From the aforementioned tree, blocking the aforementioned road.

And here are your links.

Robyn at Team Oyenyi has been one of my greatest supporters. She became a stepmom to four overnight, but also had to endure a nightmare of political maneuvering to be able to bring her family all together in one country. I can’t tell you how much it thrills me that Friday marked five months of everyone being in one place. She’s doing a great job. Team Oyenyi Five Months of Family Life.

This is a good ghost story: The Feast Of All Souls. The Single Cell.

Truly excellent pictures of a one-eyed hawk, from a Connecti-can who still doesn’t have power back: Cheryl Zovich

Quick. Funny. Leanne Shirtliffe at Ironic Mom: Stephen King on Parenting.

Quirky. Funny. Ellie Ann Soderstrom Why Meth Dealers Are the Best Boyfriends.

Happy Sunday.